Arran 2000 SMWS 121.98

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
The Scotch Malt Whisky Society (SMWS)
Bottling serie
Sweet, succulent and dark
Stated Age
16 years old
1st Fill French Oak Hogshead
Number of bottles
55.4 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
11 may 2017 7:20 pm by mandragoru
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 76.49

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Whisky Reviews for Arran 2000 SMWS 121.98

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 86.50 points

  1. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur


    N: Richer/oilier which is the significantly higher abv talking. Let’s bring it down for comparison’s sake. This is more akin to the 105 in character, though this one leans towards husky-dry citrus fruits over the red-fruit chocolate. Having said that, there is a blackcurrant or perhaps a cherry note in there – sweet cough sweet-like without any medicinal overtones. The more I nose, the more I notice.

    T: Quite straight ahead, measured and sustaining malty citrus. A citrusy Bruichladdich perhaps? I wonder if this bottle has been open some years? Indeed, I see I first tried this in May 2017 [WLP85]. After three years open it’s still firm and superbly balanced yet not as intricate, perhaps?

    F: A balanced finish revealing whisky’s constituent parts. Just a touch of the cask at the finish compliments the estery/fruity barley mash.

    C: I like it. I find this less eventful than before though more competent. Maybe the previous whiskies building upon my palate helped its cause. Scores 86 points today.

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    N: Furniture polish, wax, smoky leather, Worcestershire sauce flavour crisps [Walkers], rubbery/grapey leathery cherry-tobacco.
    T: Furniture wax, roasted black crusty things, lots of complex savoury,... also rich with the usual suspects.
    F: Woody raisins before a strong muesli finish. Permeating.
    C: 1st-ill French oak works a treat here.Scores a B-

  3. mandragoru did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    SMWS tasting notes:

    The nose discovers caramel, cinder toffee, crème brûlée and brandy snaps, with hints of leather and polished wood. The palate is sweet, succulent and dark – medjool dates, toasted coconut and Christmas cake with orange peel and cherries, which eventually becomes peppery black bun. Water makes the nose brighter, lighter and more citric – dried mango, physalis, fruit and nut chocolate and moist gingerbread. The palate becomes chewy, balanced and rewarding; apple turnovers, rhubarb crumble and iced caramels – then mouth-numbing pickled ginger, nutmeg and clove on the finish. After 14 years in ex-bourbon wood, we put this into a first-fill French oak hogshead.

    DRINKING TIP: This is a classic fireside dram – to warm the cockles on a winter or autumn evening


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